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BOT elects Mark Dalton to succeed Martha Ingram as chairman in 2011

The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust unanimously elected New York businessman Mark F. Dalton as its chairman-elect, to succeed Martha R. Ingram, who will step down in June 2011.

BOT approves five new members

The head of a charitable foundation, three businessmen and a graduating Ingram Scholar are the newest members of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. During its April 23 meeting, the board elected John D. Arnold, Courtney Clark Pastrick and H. Ross Perot Jr. to five-year terms. Wyatt Smith, the 2010 Young Alumni Trustee, and Billy Ray Caldwell, the new Alumni Trustee, will serve four-year terms.

Public Affairs’ Jennie McClendon dies

During the course of her 22 years of service to Vanderbilt, she worked in the School of Nursing, the Institute for Public Policy, University Relations and General Counsel, and Public Affairs.

Nashville civil rights leaders gather April 30 to discuss social change

Efforts by Nashville’s civil rights activists were key to the historic national struggle for civil rights. On Friday, April 30, members of Nashville’s movement will gather at Vanderbilt to discuss their experiences, key issues and how the Civil Rights Movement can be used as a model for furthering social change today.

Providers, clinics lauded for patient satisfaction scores

Vanderbilt University Medical Center providers and clinical teams with exceptional patient satisfaction scores have won 31 Top Performer Awards and 213 Five Star Awards in the 2010 Excellence in Healthcare Awards.

Nashville sit-in participants to compare experiences with German dissident artists

The universal experiences of enduring political and personal hardships to overcome government repression will be shared by Nashville sit-in participants and East German dissident artists during a panel discussion Wednesday, April 28, at the John Seigenthaler Center.

Vanderbilt celebrates Earth Day

On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, Vanderbilt celebrated with a variety of activities and information booths on Rand Terrace.

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*  This Week

Apr. 26: Vanderbilt Advocates for the Immigrant Community

Apr. 27: Employee Health Fair

Apr. 30: Nashville Jazz Orchestra: Fifth Annual Writers Night

May 1: Learning About Essential Tremor:  Diagnosis and Treatment Options Educational Seminar (Off Campus)

* Mark Your Calendars

May 5: “Personalized Medicine and the Future of Health Care.” Dr. Jeff Balse

May 7: Hey Florence! Musical

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Vanderbilt revises its travel policy effective May 1, 2010

Walmart-Sam’s Club purchases benefit hospital May 1-June 19

Join the team to walk for cystic fibrosis May 15

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Featured Media

Watch: VUCast: Spring break through good deeds and “ouch” to the 10th degree

Spreading the Vanderbilt spirit through good deeds; suspected terrorists and military commissions; and, oh my, that really had to hurt. It’s VUCast time for April 23, 2010.

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Tune in to VUCast, for audio and video of events happening around campus. You can also find VU podcasts on iTunes and VU videos on YouTube.

FROM THE REPORTER: Study seeks to improve early diagnosis, treatment of lung cancer

It can be called the lung cancer paradox: A 65-year-old man has a small lung nodule, too small and difficult to locate without performing a thoracotomy — a major surgery with significant risk of complications.

Since the nodule is small, the doctors wait, conducting CT scans every six months looking for any changes. Nothing happens until the two-year mark when the nodule grows suddenly and significantly.

The surgery is performed and a biopsy reveals that lung cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. It happens all too frequently — too small to operate, too long to wait.

But Vanderbilt researchers in the Department of Thoracic Surgery are studying a new technique that may help solve part of this diagnosis dilemma.

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